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For a long time I have been searching, researching and wanting to purchase an S class Mercedes. But it's not that I am dissatisfied with my '89 190e 2.6.

It was a matter of curiosity.

On Saturday on the occasion of my 75th birthday I bought a 1993 500SEL that I know has been for sale since January.

133,000 miles, black with gray lower body cladding, black interior, no rust (a Florida car most of its life), new tires and battery. I paid 3k for it. Everything works although the ASR light comes on (resolved this 5/23/08.

The guy I bought it from hardly drove it at all since the time he bought it from the original owner in 2004. He grew tired of it--it was taking up space and he was driving his pickup most of the time and then he bought a much newer S500. The guy was a Benz guy and took care of the car.

Has an issue with the self-leveling suspension which could cost me quite a few bucks although the seller gave me two new accumulators.

Without question I prefer driving my 190e. The 500SEL makes me feel uncomfortable on the road because it's so damn big. I guess it's a cruising car for long road trips and not for city driving. It is the King of the Road alright.

Right now if I had to choose which car I'd give up it would be the 500SEL.

Anyway, I have now the opportunity to make some informed comparisons between the entry level Mercedes and the flagship of the old Mercedes school.

Hope to share them from time to time.
 

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sweet.. i want to get one of those when i get the cash or an ml 320..post up some pics of it.
 

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Here's some background info:
1993 500SEL
MSRP: $94,400 (the cheapest of the 5.0L V-8 W140)
Sold in US: 3.833
315 bhp @ 5,600
347 lb-ft @ 3,900
10:1 compression ratio
4,830 lb curb weight
26.4 gal fuel tank
7.5 x 16 rims with 235/60 ZR rated tires
 

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Here's some background info:
1993 500SEL
MSRP: $94,400 (the cheapest of the 5.0L V-8 W140)
Sold in US: 3.833
315 bhp @ 5,600
347 lb-ft @ 3,900
10:1 compression ratio
4,830 lb curb weight
26.4 gal fuel tank
7.5 x 16 rims with 235/60 ZR rated tires
Thanks for the information. As a side note I noticed the vehicle was manufactured late in 1992 and interestingly the a/c was designed for 134a freon. I thought the big switch from r12 happened in 1994. Thanks again!
 

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I had a W126, 420 SEL for 5 years.

Great car but it was really big I got 18 MPG highway.

Which wasn't bad considering it was a 4.2L.

Cheers and Enjoy!
 

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You're welcome. That was some serious "coin" back in 1993 . . . and would still be in 2008! Just consider what $95K could buy today.
 

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You're welcome. That was some serious "coin" back in 1993 . . . and would still be in 2008! Just consider what $95K could buy today.
I finally solved the ASR problem and wow!! What a piece of work at full power! I can get used to this, but the 190e 2.6 is much more utilitarian, a very able likeable child compared to the King.
 
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